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The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

An Amazing Tour of an Amazing Island

Bill Bryson is a travel writer and a very good one, at that!  In The Road to Little Dribbling, he revisits many of the places he explored in England and Scotland over 20 years ago and chronicled in his best-selling Notes from a Small Planet.  He comments in delicious detail what has changed, what hasn’t changed, what should have changed and what is gone altogether.  When Bryson is best pleased by what he finds, no one is more effusive or articulate in dishing out praise.  When he is not made glad, he can turn on the object of his displeasure with a spectacularly satisfying barrage of well-chosen words.   England, it seems, is full of things to either crow or grouse about, so to speak.  And Bryson transforms it all into delightful reading.

His commentary is chatty, witty; and chock full of good information for prospective travelers who tend to enjoy the path less trodden.  At strategic points, he shares wonderfully obscure and often amusing stories from history, useful facts about geography, and whenever possible, he exposes nincompoopery at every level of society and government.  

Bill Bryson is a man with a powerful love for his adopted country and countrymen.  He also cares deeply about the notion of doing what’s best for the welfare of human beings and their enjoyment of the good things life has to offer. He appears to be a fortunate man with a good life, a good career, and from the sound of it, a lovely wife and family.  No wonder he has such high expectations for England and everyone in it.  And no wonder he is frequently disappointed and cranky.  

This book will make you eager to make you pack up and travel.  It will also give you interesting and important things to think about.  It is fun to read and, at many points, it will make you laugh right out loud.  That’s a lot of value for one book.  I highly recommend that you read it.

Read with Officer Collier

Read with Officer Collier

Friday, March 31, 3:30 p.m.

 Join Officer Collier for a fun visit and reading time.

Monterey Public Library Closed on March 30

March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017
Media Contact:  Jeanne McCombs
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California
(831) 646-3949  /


Monterey Public Library will be closed all day on Thursday, March 30 for staff training.  There will be no bookmobile service.  The library will reopen on Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m.  The library is located at 625 Pacific Street.  For information call (831) 646-3933.

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Share Kindness: Gratitude & Letter Writing

Share Kindness: Gratitude & Letter Writing

Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join together to write and share  reflections on gratitude. After, write a letter to someone who has added meaning to your life. Gratitude prompts, note cards, pens, and US stamps provided. Free. Join at anytime. All ages program.

Researchers are finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits such as stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure; more joy, optimism, and happiness; acting with more generosity and compassion; and feeling less lonely and isolated. And, who doesn't enjoy receiving a personal note of care every now and then?

For additional information email or call (831) 646-5603. 

Movie Science Theatre 3000

Movie Science Theatre 3000

Tuesdays, April 4-May 16, 3:30 p.m.

You won't want to miss this exciting, multi-week program, which will explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math through a cinematic lens.

From Moana to The Lego Movie, each week will offer a fun and educational experience for 3rd-5th grade children.

MST3000 will run each Tuesday from April 4th through May 16th. Registration required. Register by calling (831)646-3933 or stopping by the Monterey Public Library.